Celebrating Independence Day In America's Fourth Of July City: Seward, Nebraska05:03
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The Seward Municipal Band plays a concert of Sousa and patriotic music every Fourth of July. (Courtesy of the Seward County Independent)
The Seward Municipal Band plays a concert of Sousa and patriotic music every Fourth of July. (Courtesy of the Seward County Independent)
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On Independence Day, towns and cities across the U.S. pride themselves on their patriotic spirit. But none, perhaps, as much as Seward, Nebraska. The 7,000 person town, located 20 miles west of Lincoln, received the title of Nebraska's "Official Fourth of July City" in 1973, and in 1979, an act of Congress designated it as "National Fourth of July City - Small Town U.S.A."

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd talks with Clark Kolterman (@clarkkolterman), known in Seward as "Mr. Fourth of July," who has helped plan the town's festivities for almost 50 years.

This segment aired on July 4, 2017.

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